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How do I even begin to tell you how amazing Milan is when it comes to grocery shopping? You get all the authentic stuff here!

Now, what do I mean by authentic stuff? Just take the parmesan cheese for example: it’s actually an imitation of the parmigiano reggiano, a type of cheese made in a particular region in Italy that can only be named so because it is produced in that particular region.

Similar cheeses produced elsewhere cannot be called parmigiano reggiano, hence, that’s why our Kraft’s parmesan shakers are called parmasan shakers and not parmigiano reggiano shaker (Not because it’s quite a mouthful to pronounce).

The European Union enacted a law known as the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in order to protect the reputation of the regional foods and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavour (European Commission, 2010).

Like, really, parmigiano reggiano tastes so much nicer than the parmesan cheese we have here, and it’s as white as snow when grated. :) Imagine having it with aglio olio squid ink pasta. Mmm~

Please pardon me with my cheese obsession.

Let’s have a game of matching the numbers to the name of the items. :D

  1. LV sponge cakes (term coined by LV-crazed house mate)
  2. Amaretti cookies (crunchy yet chewy on the inside, macaron like cookies made from almond meal)
  3. Parma ham (dry-cured ham [prosciutto] from Parma) <- this is an PDO item too!
  4. Mommy’s favourite: Goose Liver Pâtés
  5. Also mommy’s favourite: Philadelphia’s Salmon flavoured cream cheese
  6. Dried porcini mushrooms (good for making mushroom risotto)
  7. Walnuts (good for memory)
  8. Garlic and chilli flakes for making aglio olio spaghetti
  9. ♥ Parmigiano reggiano ♥
  10. Ferero’s Gran Soleil Ice-cream in vanilla flavour (It’s an unrefrigerated ice-cream. Prior to consumption, simply shake the container and chuck it into the freezer until it’s frozen)
  11. Carnaroli rice (short grain rice used for making risotto)
  12. Tic Tac’s Summer flavours in cherry, mango and melon & peach
  13. Tortellini aka Italian wantan
  14. Risotto with porcini mushroom
  15. Instant minestrone and pasta soup
  16. Milanese risotto

It’s probably the most boring game ever. But, thank you for attempting to play/ looking at it.

Here’s three stars for you: ☆☆☆

We shall now have some Italian wantan.

I’ve discovered that lemon and rosemary seasoning goes really well with sauces as it gives off a rather refreshing after taste instead of a heavy mouth feel, especially when it comes to thick creamy sauces.

Prosciutto tortellini with bacon cream sauce topped with grated parmigiano reggiano.

Torty smelled my cooking and was paddling like mad in the tank, begging for food. Look at my goldfish at the bottom right. Makes me wonder when was the last time they were fed.

The mushroom tortellini was slightly strong in flavour.

A bit too mushroomy. So, I prepared them in clear broth and topped with thinly sliced cold cuts and cheese shavings.

Mm mm…Italian wantan is gewd. :)

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